Bar and Bench Watch is published by ICNL (RC 1347622) of No 4, Abriba Close, Area 7, Garki, Abuja. MD/CEO: Dr. Ise-Oluwa Ige, ANIPR, 08036460999; 08179614306.
It is an independent, specialized, and stand alone online newspaper anchored on Truth, Objectivity and Responsibility, with special focus on the activities of the bar, the bench and the entire justice sector; a newspaper which gives voice to ordinary Nigerians either languishing in jail over failings of the justice sector or being traumatized by the powerful and the mighty in the society for lack of knowledge of their rights or means to defend themselves.
Our Vision is to be the trailblazer in online newspaper reportage of the activities of the bar, the bench and the entire justice sector in Nigeria, operating as a viable business and serving the interests of the citizens in ensuring the independence of the judiciary and holding government at all levels, particularly their judiciary arms, accountable to the public.
Our Core Values
Our Core Values rest on three Ps:
- Protection of Democracy and Democratic Principles
- Propagation of Timely Justice and the Rule of Law
- Pursuit of Quality and Excellence
Managing Director/ Editor-In-Chief
Dr. Ise-Oluwa Ige, ANIPR is a communication scholar and practising journalist with a 26-year practical experience in news reporting, newspaper editing, production, establishment, and management. He has worked with top Nigerian newspapers including The Guardian, The Punch, Vanguard, National Mirror and The Authority, rising through the ranks from Proofreader to Editor. Specifically, he had covered several proceedings, rulings and judgments of courts in various civil, criminal, constitutional and election-related cases at the magistracy, the high courts, the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Nigeria on the one hand and the activities of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) and its members on the other hand, for over two decades. He was the pioneer Editor, Authority on Saturday, a position he held till August, 2016 when he voluntary resigned his appointment. He is also at home with human rights issues.
He holds a Ph.D. degree in Communication and Language Arts from the prestigious University of Ibadan, Ibadan in Nigeria. His area of specialization is legal communication.
He had, in the course of his career, also covered many important assignments across Nigeria and West Africa.
Head, London Bureau
Adeyemi Adegbola Adekanle is the Head of our London Bureau.
He is a trained journalist and 1992 graduate of Communication and Language Arts, University of Ibadan.
He is also a sophomore at the Law Faculty of Plymouth University.
Head, Lagos Bureau
Ranti Thomas is the head of our Lagos Bureau.
He is an experienced journalist with over 15 years practice in the print media.
He has HND in Journalism with PG Diploma in Management from Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ogun State.
Mr. Thomas had worked with many newspapers in Nigeria including The Daily Times, The Moment, National Interest and The Nigerian Pilot.
He rose from the rank of reporter to Executive Editor.
He has bias for legal, human rights and crime reporting.
1. Udoka Obidike is our politics cum judiciary and legal affairs reporter. He is based in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.
He is an alumnus of Benue State University. He graduated with a BSc degree in Political Science.
He has passion for politics, knack in assigning ‘difficult to fault’ meanings to facts (interpretive journalism) and flair for writing.
2. Joseph Tor is our general beat correspondent. He is based in Makurdi, Benue State.
He is a graduate of Mass Communication from Benue State University.
He has rich experience in journalism.